Lady Lazarus | a Sandra Lahire film - Sylvia Plath’s poetry becomes experimental cinema in a 1991 film
Filmmaker Sandra Lahire takes audio of Plath reading from “Cut,” “Daddy,” “Lady Lazarus,” “Ariel,” “Ouija,” as well as excerpts from a 1962 interview. Mixing images of Plath’s obsessions (ouija boards, horses, violent self-harm) with photographs of the poet and her work, the film delves deeply into an existence that Plath herself, in a voice-over interview, calls “living on air.” Lehire describes the filmas
a visually woven response to Sylvia Plath’s own readings of her poetry… which celebrates her macabre humour and cinematic vision. A carousel of images in windows, an atmosphere of constant metamorphosis; her poetry as cinema.
Lady Lazarus is the first in a trilogy of Plath films called Living on Air that Lahire shot over a period of nine years. It was followed by In Night Dances in 1995 and Johnny Panic in 1999.